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Symphony CD

The Oregon Symphony will release its second album under the direction of Music Director Carlos Kalmar, on the PentaTone label Nov. 13.

“This England” follows last year’s release of “Music for a Time of War,” a recording of the program performed by the Symphony at Carnegie Hall. The CD features works by Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten, all recorded live at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in February and May.

“It’s kind of crazy,” Kalmar says. “You have a Uruguayan-born, Austrian conductor of an American orchestra performing an all-British program. But when you listen to this CD you’ll understand why we are so proud of it.”

The CD will be available for purchase at Oregon Symphony ticket office, 923 S.W. Washington St.

The CD release comes as the symphony has vowed to buckle down and balance its budget. Terry Pancoast, Oregon Symphony board chair, says changes are being made to “live within our means,” including: hiring a fundraiser, changing one performance to Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” from Britten’s “War Requiem,” adding legendary jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins to the season slate in April, eliminating three staff positions and salary reductions and, most notably, the cancellation of the Symphony’s return trip to Carnegie Hall in May.

Book on “The Boss

Portland writer Peter Ames Carlin has written a definitive Bruce Springsteen biography, “Bruce,” due out Nov. 6. Carlin received unprecedented access to Springsteen, his family and friends and band mates, including late saxophonist Clarence Clemons in his final major interview.

Carlin will make appearances in Portland to promote the book: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at Alberta Rose Theatre (as part of “Live Wire! Radio”); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 at Powell’s City of Books; 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Mississippi Studios (as part of a musical celebration of Springsteen with local musicians).

Carlin previously authored “Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall & Redemption of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson” and “Paul McCartney: A Life.”

Hornbuckle fundraiser

Prominent Portland musicians will gather for “Love for Linda,” a fundraiser for Linda Hornbuckle, the local soul singer who has been diagnosed with kidney cancer. Two shows will take place at Jimmy Mak’s, 221 N.W. 10th Ave., 6 and 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 (tickettomato.com, $25).

The lineup includes LaRhonda Steele, Andy Stokes, Patrick Lamb, Lloyd Jones, DK Stewart, Sonny Hess and NW Women in R&B, Janice Scroggins, Lisa Mann and Norman Sylvester.

Proceeds will be administered on Hornbuckle’s behalf by the Cascade Blues Association.

Bouncing Parkour

Crossfit Portland will be playing host to a parkour seminar taught by Rafe Kelley, head coach of Parkour Visions in Seattle.

Parkour is an active sport involving moving effectively and swiftly around, through, under and over obstacles — using running, jumping, crawling and climbing. It’s a full-body workout.

The all-day seminar will be Saturday, Oct. 27 at Crossfit Portland, 418 N.E. Eighth Ave. (info: crossfitportland.com, $100).